Rick Neuheisel Tops List of Week One Coaching Debuts
SO FAR, SO GOOD
#1 Rick Neuheisel, UCLA: The obvious first pick in this division knocked off 18th-ranked Tennessee at the Rose Bowl because he’s a vigorous recruiter. The biggest name on his opening salvo is offensive coordinator Norm Chow, but the huge “get” was defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker, who stayed on in Westwood after losing to Neuheisel in the derby to replace Karl Dorrell.
It was Walker’s swift and aggressive defensive unit that kept the Bruins alive against Tennessee while junior-college transfer Kevin Craft was lobbing four picks in the opening half.
After suffering like someone waiting on a download with a dial-up modem, Neuheisel—in coercion with Chow—made some QB-soothing adjustments at intermission and the mighty Vols sabotaged a small portion of Southeastern Conference ego by losing in overtime.
We’ll see how much smart money is on Neuheisel when the Bruins play at BYU on Sept. 13.
The positive press for Neuheisel, Chow, Walker, and the UCLA football program has been incredible. I guess that's what happens when seven million people are watching, eh?
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